9 new cases of COVID-19 in Nova Scotia, 1 at Bedford school

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Nova Scotia reported nine new cases of COVID-19 on Friday, including one at Bedford South School.The student is self-isolating, according to a statement from the Department of Health and Wellness. The school was closed on Friday.

Everyone in a class that a confirmed case has attended will be tested and must self-isolate for 14 days. Bedford South School will be closed for cleaning and contact tracing until at least Wednesday, December 2, the statement said.

All the cases identified today are in the central area. There are now 119 active cases of COVID-19 in the province.

One of the new cases announced on Friday is a student at Bedford South School. (Patrick Callaghan / CBC)

Nova Scotia labs performed 3,109 tests in Nova Scotia on Thursday.

Quick test pop-ups

Yesterday, 1,142 more tests were performed at the rapid test pop-up site in downtown Halifax, giving four positive results. These people were asked to self-isolate and were referred for a standard test.

The provincial state of emergency was also renewed. The ordinance will come into force this Sunday and will extend until Sunday, December 13 at noon, unless the government ends or extends it.

Another rapid test site is available Friday. Anyone who is symptom-free and wants to get tested can visit the Alderney Gate Public Library in Dartmouth from 1:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Since first quick test pop-up site last Saturday, there have been over 2,700 rapid tests performed in the province.

In Friday’s briefing, Dr Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health, reminded people that rapid tests are an important part of the province’s testing strategy, but are not a substitute for need for a standard laboratory test.

Including standard lab tests and rapid tests, the province has performed more than 13,000 tests in the past six days.

1058 investigations in progress

When a person tests positive in the lab, public health workers investigate every close contact of that confirmed COVID case. There are 1,058 ongoing investigations in the province.

A week ago, that number was 276.

Strang said each positive case has an average of seven close contacts, but many cases have significantly more.

Due to the work involved in completing the contact tracing, it takes time for close contacts of positive cases to be contacted by public health.

A Nova Scotia health worker prepares to administer a nasal swab at a rapid screening site in Halifax on Tuesday. Another test site will be set up in Dartmouth on Friday. (Robert Short / CBC)

“I ask for people’s support and patience during all of this. Public health will affect you, ”Strang said. “While you wait, if you think you are a close contact, stay home isolated. We need your help on this. ”

Strang said he was “relieved” to see a relatively low number of cases in recent days, but expects to continue to see a high number of new cases daily in the next week to 10 days.

“We are only day two of the implementation of our tough restrictions in the Halifax area. We are not out of the woods yet, ”he said.

Different test strategy

The province’s testing strategy is different in Wave 2 from Wave 1, and Strang said it was because of the age and behavior of people who tested positive for the virus. In Nova Scotia, it’s the 18 to 35 age group.

“It’s not a judgment of anyone in this age group, the vast majority of people followed the rules,” Strang said.

But even when people follow the rules, the virus can easily be spread through social activities, as many people with COVID-19 are either non-symptomatic or have mild symptoms.

Earlier this week, the Department of Health and Wellness asked anyone who was in a Halifax-area bar or restaurant after 10 p.m. to make arrangements for testing. Strang said nearly 8,000 people have shown up for testing since then.

If a test is required, a person can post the self-assessment tool on the province’s website.

Staff or patrons of bars or restaurants who were there after 10 p.m. do not need to isolate themselves while waiting for a test.

But if a person was at one of the more than 100 recent exposure sites on any of the dates and times listed, they must self-isolate while awaiting a test.

Essential travel only

While the province has not changed its self-isolation rules for travelers from other Atlantic provinces, Nova Scotians are still urged to travel only for essential purposes, including travel. ‘access to health care and work or school.

“I’m sorry to say that shopping is not a primary goal,” Premier Stephen McNeil said.

Strang added to buy local and buy online, though purchases need to be made to help contain the second wave of COVID, which began on October 1.

“Wave 2 is clearly here in Halifax, and we’re trying to keep it in Halifax,” he said.

The Truro Police Department said in a Facebook post on Friday that it had received numerous calls from the public asking the police to take action against people they believed had traveled from the Halifax area to their County of County community. Colchester.

“While we appreciate concerns about the spread of Covid-19, this travel restriction is not part of public health orders and cannot be directly enforced by police,” the post said.

Rapid test in long-term care

From today, continuous voluntary testing is introduced in long-term care homes. Volunteers, designated caregivers, and employees who provide direct care to residents will be tested every two weeks.

Testing will begin at three locations: Northwood, Ocean View and St. Vincent’s. It will expand to six more facilities over the next two weeks.

“This is part of our efforts to monitor, reduce and prevent the spread of COVID-19 in long-term care facilities. None of us need to be reminded of how important this is, ”Strang said.

New restrictions for restaurants, gyms

New restrictions took effect on Thursday across most of the Halifax area and parts of Hants County.

Restaurants are closed for in-person meals for two weeks, but may do take out and deliveries. Gyms, libraries, museums and casinos are also closed.

A list of what’s open and closed in Halifax can be found here.

COVID cases in the Atlantic provinces

New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, and Prince Edward Island have all reduced mandatory 14-day self-isolation for travelers. As of Thursday night, Nova Scotia still does not require a quarantine of anyone coming from the Atlantic provinces.

The latest figures for the Atlantic provinces are:

Symptoms

Anyone with any of the following symptoms should visit the COVID-19 Self-Assessment website or call 811:

  • Fever.
  • Cough or worsening of a previous cough.

Anyone with two or more of the following symptoms is also encouraged to visit the website or call 811:

  • Sore throat.
  • Headache.
  • Shortness of breath.
  • Runny nose.



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